Episode 15: Red Lacquer Nail Polish
By: Carlos Uribe
The Mentalist is a show about Patrick Jane, a consultant for the cops who solves crimes while seeking revenge for his family.
The weekly case involved a wealthy elderly socialite whose ashes were found in her creepy mansion. The working theory was that she had burned to a crisp. When Jane determined that it was murder, the case was on. The cops quickly got a lot of suspects. Her nephew might have wanted to kill her because he believed he was about to lose a lawsuit to her aunt. It might have been the person who took her sailing because she got a valuable boat in the will. A person of interest in the case was her doctor because he was prescribing too much medicine. The cops come up with a conspiracy theory that the doctor worked with the nephew to make her aunt look mentally unstable. The will would be thrown out and the nephew would profit. Jane exposes the real conspiracy. The doctor was telling the truth when he said that the “victim” had been blackmailing her into making her seem crazy. She was faking her own death because she had burnt through her inheritance and was stealing money from her prized charity. I believe this isn't the first time the show has pulled this twist but it still managed to come as a surprise. The weekly case was solid but it also did feel like it was just going through the motions. The episode was good and entertaining while it lasted but it ended up being rather forgettable. The only memorable part was where Rigsby made multiple dates with women but didn't show up to a single one. A classic move for the character.